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backhanded


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backhanded  \Back"hand`ed\,  a. 
  1.  With  the  hand  turned  backward;  as  a  backhanded  blow. 
 
  2.  Indirect;  awkward;  insincere;  sarcastic;  as  a  backhanded 
  compliment. 
 
  3.  Turned  back  or  inclining  to  the  left  as  a  backhanded 
  letters. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backhanded 
  adj  1:  (of  racket  strokes)  made  across  the  body  with  back  of  hand 
  facing  direction  of  stroke  [syn:  {backhand(a)}]  [ant: 
  {forehand(a)}] 
  2:  roundabout  or  ambiguous;  "attacks  from  tht  source  amounted 
  to  a  backhanded  compliment  to  his  integrity";  "a 
  backhanded  and  dishonest  way  of  reaching  his  goal" 




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